Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív has called for the extension of the GLAS watercourse fencing requirement deadline for land covered by the recent heavy flooding.  Under GLAS, farmers who have watercourses must have these fenced off by the end of March.

Éamon Ó Cuív explained, “The recent spate of flooding has made the GLAS watercoursing fencing requirement deadline extremely difficult, if not impossible, to meet as flood waters have yet to fully recede.  The deadline needs to be extended to allow these farmers the time they need to carry out the work necessary to meet the GLAS requirements.

“GLAS farmers have already been penalised this year.  In recent weeks Minister Coveney’s department sent 2,500 rejection letters to farmers denying them entry to round 2 of the scheme.  It is an appalling vista that 2,500 Tier 3 farmers are being excluded, considering the fact that many of these farmers are on low incomes. They have already invested time and money with GLAS planners in getting all necessary paper work in order but have now had their applications rejected.

“Fianna Fáil would bring these farmers into round 2 of GLAS immediately. Low income farmers cannot be left in limbo. They should be allowed to enter the scheme now and draw down funding to help mitigate current cash flow challenges and income volatility.

“This Government’s blatant neglect of rural Ireland and farmers is continuing unabated.  Fianna Fáil is the only party offering a real alternative to the rural rampage which has been carried out under Fine Gael and Labour’s watch”.